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2021 International Mountain Day


Dec 11, 2021, 8:00 AM




Canadian Mountain Network


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Special Event for International Mountain Day

Join us on December 9th, 2021

The Canadian Mountain Network and Reconciling Ways of Knowing: Indigenous Knowledge and Science are partnering to host “Conserving Cultural and Natural Heritage for International Mountain Day,” a dialogue on the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day theme: sustainable mountain tourism.

We hope you can join us for this dialogue on Thursday, December 9 at 10:00 am Pacific / 12:00 am Central / 2:00 pm Atlantic (for approximately two hours).

Moderator Stephanie Yuill (M.Sc, Gov't of NWT) will facilitate a conversation amongst Barbara Wilson (Haida Nation), Isabelle Falardeau (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières), Brenda Holder (Métis, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada) and Brooklyn Rushton (University of Waterloo) to discuss the role ecological and cultural tourism can play in building resilient economies, supporting Indigenous self-determination, fostering reconciliation, and sustaining biodiversity.

prizes IMD 2021

Social media contest

As we approach our special event on December 9th, we are celebrating the importance of mountains with weekly social media contests!

Starting on Nov 15th, 2021 CMN is asking you about your favourite mountain places on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Enter the contest by commenting on the social media post and sharing it with your friends for a chance to win an amazing prize pack (details below).

To enter:

  1. Comment on CMN's social media post each week: Share a photo or story of your favourite mountain place. Why is this place special/sacred to you? What is your connection to this place?

  2. Share this post

*Only Canadian residents are eligible to win a prize, but anyone may participate.

Prize pack includes:

  • 40-L backpack

  • Coffee from Firebean Coffee Roasters in Whitehorse, Yukon.

  • Handmade mug by of Cabbages and Kings in Canmore, Alberta

  • CMN hoodie, notebook and toque

  • Book "Defending the Arctic Refuge" by Finis Dunaway

  • Indigenous-made soaps by Mother Earth Essentials

About International Mountain Day

Since 2003, the United Nations has designated December 11th as “International Mountain Day” to call attention to the world about the importance of mountains to life. 

International Mountain Day is dedicated to raising awareness about opportunities and challenges facing mountain regions, as well as building alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and places around the world.

This year’s theme is sustainable mountain tourism. Sustainable tourism in mountains can help create additional and alternative livelihood options and promote poverty alleviation, social inclusion, as well as landscape and biodiversity conservation.

Learn more

IMD 2021 infographic

Enter the FAO's photo contest for International Mountain Day

IMD photo contest

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is hosting a photo contest to celebrate International Mountain Day (IMD). The theme of IMD this year is sustainable mountain tourism.

Help to celebrate the incredible potential of mountain tourism by entering the FAO's mountain photo contest for IMD 2021 and you could win an action camera.

Learn more and enter the contest here

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